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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Nature and science are soulmates

For those who still think we're stuck in a state of climate denial, it's science to the rescue. Nobel Prize-Winner Richard Feynman is regarded as one of the greatest physicists to have ever lived. In this uplifiting video, he explains the link between nature and...

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How to harvest tomatoes all year

What up harvest time? It's getting colder at nights and I know it won't be too long before I have to throw a tarp over some of my tomatoes. If you're feeling overwhelmed, Treehugger has five ways to take advantage of this fruit (even during...

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United States Of Sustainable Food

I am geeking out on this new series from Grist by Eve Andrews. Writing that we are in the midst of a dietary and environmental crisis, she looked for ways to get us out of the mess we find ourselves in. The solution? Andrews challenged...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012

"Trends in apartment renting" infographic

Do you live in an apartment in the city? Then consider yourself a trend-setter. We've seen a growing trend towards Americans favoring communities with shorter commute times and more places to walk more than sprawling communities. It makes sense when the average American family spends...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

Friday Quote: Jacques Cousteau 

"We have to prepare for what life could become in 40 years. We need to outline what is possible and what is impossible with the non-renewable resources of the Earth. What role will technological improvement play? Taking all this into account, what kind of life...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

R.I.P. Bacon

Let's all have a moment of silence for bacon: The droughts that ravaged crops across North American and Russia have had a huge impact on the food supply, livestock and farmers but now it may be time to hit the “panic” button – one pig...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

5 barriers to the tiny house movement 

For now, the tiny house movement is a tiny niche but in this economy, we've seen a growing number of Americans choosing to scale down. Ryan Mitchell from the Tiny Life lists the Top 5 Biggest Barriers To The Tiny House Movement. Here's an excerpt:...

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Farmers Market Calendar

In case you missed it, check out our comprehensive farmers market calendar for the Inland Northwest: Idaho Tuesdays Tuesday Growers Market - 4:30-6:30 p.m., through Oct. 16. Moscow Food Co-Op parking lot, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho. (208) 882-8537. Wednesdays Farmers Market at Sandpoint...

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Earth Day Spokane is on Saturday! 

It's time to hit the streets this Saturday for Earth Day Spokane and if the forecast can be believed, it's going to be an awesome day for an outdoor event. For a little background on the organizers this year, check out this post from the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Garfield Elementary works on water conservation

This is cool: Spokane’s Water Stewardship program is working with the Garfield Elementary School and its APPLE program students to upgrade the faucets at Garfield Elementary School with automatic faucets that turn off when they aren’t needed. How did they pay for this feature? The...

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Do you like to shop without money?

"You don't need to shop," explains one woman. "The only thing you have to do is look at home for things you don't use at all. Online, you look up ‘exchange market' and you'll find every week an exchange market in every neighborhood." "It could...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Eco Expo 2011 tomorrow!

Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St., will host more than 100 sustainable construction, lifestyle and outreach vendors at the first annual Eco Expo tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held in the Lair-Student Center, the event will feature an alternative transportation fair, a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Greening the schoolyard

In the new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Berkeley-based environmental planner Sharon Danks looks at the methods in which landscape design, architecture, child development, and nutrition converge in the schoolyard. Shanti Menon, from OnEarth, interviewed her recently. Danks' firm, Bay Tree...

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